The waiting, Tom Petty tells us, is the hardest part. But if you've got cash to spare, waiting for Tesla to build themay not be such a trial.
With the Model 3's launch still potentially years away, you might consider leasing a different car to hold you over. If that's the case, Tesla's new lease could be right up your alley.
Tesla recently introduced 24-month lease plans for buyers. Although it's not explicitly angled toward Model 3 drivers, it wouldn't hurt Tesla to stop them from spending two years giving a different automaker a pile of cash each month. It's a limited-time test, but it's available for both thesedan and the crossover.
If you head over to Tesla's leasing site, you can use its calculator to determine your lease payment. If you want to hit Tesla's advertised low price of $593 per month, you'll have to plunk down a $6,000 down payment on a Tesla Model S 60, the bare-bones entry model, and drive only 10,000 miles per year. If you want 12,000 miles, the price will jump to $620 per month.
Let's say you want a Model X, instead. The base $74,000 Model X, with a $7,400 down payment and the same lease terms as before, will run you $669 per month (using my home zip code of 48220). If you want to ball out, you can get a $115,500 Model X P90D for $1,504 per month with a 10 percent down payment.
The sky's the limit, but if you'd rather spend as little as possible to get a long-range EV in your driveway ahead of the Model 3, you'd better get in there quickly. The special lease rate of $593 per month is only available if you place your order on or before September 12.